Faculty PEPS



Key Stage

Content by topic

Approach  eg. mixed ability/set and style

Board and Specification and qualification

Coursework content weighting and year completed.

Option or compulsory

Year 7


We cover a range of drama skills designed to enable students to have confidence and build transferable skills. The emphasis is on story-telling and this is reflected in the SOW throughout the year.


Taught in mixed ability teaching groups

·         Characterisation

·         Still image

·         Montage/thought tracking/soundscape

·         Devising from a range of stimuli

·         Writing and performing monologues/duologues

·         Using Masks in Drama

Compulsory for all students.

Year 8





The focus in year 8 is on social issues such as bullying, peer pressure and tension within friends and families. These issues are used to create drama which is performed to their peers.

Taught in mixed ability teaching groups

·         Exploration of social issues

·         Collaborate on scripts

·         Ensemble theatre

·         Physical Theatre

·         Evaluation of performances

Compulsory for all students.

Year 9




In Year 9 we start the GCSE course. Students form their own theatre company and cover a wide range of script and devised theatre.

Taught as either a taster or full three-year option.

·         Use of specialist Drama terms

·         Drama Mediums

·         Elements of Drama

·         Explorative Strategies


Pearson GCSE Drama (9-1) 1Dr0


Year 10




Component 1: Devising

Live theatre review based on a performance.

In Year 10 we study a stimulus for Component One which covers most of the year and is worth 40% of the overall GCSE. We also accompany the students on a trip to the West End in London to see a performance which they will need to evaluate for their final exam.


Pearson GCSE Drama 1Dr0

Drama Exploration Unit code: 1Dr0/01 (worth 40% of GCSE)

• Internally assessed

·         Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus.

·         Analyse and evaluate the devising process.

·         Performer or designer routes available

Assessment overview

● AO1, AO2 and AO4 are assessed Internally assessed and externally moderated.

● There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process (45 marks , assessing AO1 and AO4)

. The portfolio submission

recommendations are:

- can be handwritten/typed evidence

between 1500–2000 words


- can be recorded/verbal evidence between 8

–10 minutes



- can be

a combination of handwritten/typed

evidence (between 750–1000 words) and

recorded/verbal evidence (between 4–5 minutes)

2) a devised performance/design realisation

(15 marks, assessingAO2).




Year 11






Component 2: Performance from Text



Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice.

In Year 11 students study a play and perform two key extracts.  They also prepare for the Component 3 Written exam.

Component 2: Performance from Text


Coursework 20% of the qualification – 48


Content overview

● Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance


● Centre choice of performance text.

● Performer or designer routes available.

Assessment overview

● AO2 is assessed Externally assessed by visiting examiner.

● The performance/design realisation

of each key extract is worth 24 marks.


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (1D


Written examination:  1 hour 30 minutes

40% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

● Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text

● Choice of eight performance texts

● Live theatre evaluation–free choice

of production.

Assessment overview

Section A:

Bringing Texts to Life

● 45 marks, assessing AO3.

● This section consists of one question broken into five parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen

performance text.

● Performance texts are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation

● 15 marks assessing AO4.

● This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.

●Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500